The Kent Chronicles
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Based on the bestselling novels by John Jakes (North and South), this star-studded Revolution-era romp follows the fortunes of a young Frenchman (Andrew Stevens, Dallas) as he immigrates to America and crosses paths with historical heavyweights, including Paul Revere (William Shatner, Star Trek), Benjamin Franklin (Tom Bosley, Happy Days), Samuel Adams (William Daniels, St. Elsewhere), and George Washington (Peter Graves, Mission: Impossible).
Filled with adventure and romance, these three miniseries chronicle the saga of the Kent family in early America. In The Bastard, Frenchman Phillipe Charboneau adopts a new identity as Philip Kent in the colonies. In The Rebels, Kent fights in the War of Independence and strikes up a friendship with a dashing and reckless Virginian (Don Johnson, Miami Vice). The Seekers completes the story as Philip’s sons and grandson forge a life on the western frontier and fight in the War of 1812. Also starring Patricia Neal (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), George Hamilton (Where the Boys Are), Olivia Hussey (Romeo & Juliet), Delta Burke (Designing Women), and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City).
Top Customer Reviews
Two things need to be mentioned about any television production of this time. First, they are very much a product of their era. They will invariably appear dated due to the constraints of their medium. You can't expect the gritty realism available to networks like HBO today. And second, while bursting with famous figures and actual events, they are not meant to be taken as literal lessons in history. The Kent Chronicles are best appreciated as an adult soap opera set in a historical setting. These shows can be clunky, cheesy, awkward and amateurish at times but these juicy potboilers are really a fantastic time capsule. It would be easy to pick them apart, but it's just as easy to accept them as the pulpy fun they are (the unforgettable and equally ridiculous casting make it worth it, if nothing else)!
That said, this release combines all three miniseries productions into a 3 disc set.Read more ›
Based on John Jakes' bestsellers (the same author of "North & South," whose books would be more memorably brought to TV several years later), each mini-series (roughly three hours in length) follows the journey of Frenchman Philippe Carboneau - aka Philip Kent - and his descendants, from the original Kent's (Andrew Stevens) trip to the New World and run-ins with Paul Revere (William Shatner!), George Washington (Peter Graves!) and Ben Franklin (Tom Bosley!) among others - and by others, I mean a who's who of famous and bit-part actors from Patricia Neal to a young Kim Cattrall, Buddy Ebsen, Harry Morgan, Donald Pleasance and Olivia Hussey. The story was continued in "The Rebels" - with Kent engaging in the American Revolution - and the less entertaining, western-set "The Seekers," though a fetching, young Delta Burke, at least, makes an appearance in this final installment of the "Kent Family Chronicles."
Long out of print on home video, Acorn brings all three mini-series to DVD in the form of a three-disc box-set. Fans who've wanted to see these hard-to-find productions ought to be sufficiently entertained by the hokey backlot production values and actors playing themselves more than the historical figures they're supposed to embody - but, in this instance, that's also part of the charm. The 4:3 transfers and mono soundtracks are all adequate across the board.
Over 3 hours for each episode. Action, adventure, history, romance, violence, & sexual situations make it for mature youth and older. So nostalgic to see all the stars, for those who lived in the 1970s.
The BASTARDS: 1771-1772
Philip Kent started as the illegitimate son of a Duke. Troubles led him to the new world to seek his means. Andrew Stevens is a believable Philip in "Bastards" & "Rebels." Through the encouragement of Ben Franklin (Tom Bosley), Kent seeks a printer's job and ultimately gets involved in early Boston activity (yes, tea involved) and men that forge a revolution toward liberty. The series was considered low-budget, but how could it be with the star-power.
Kim Cattrall (Philip's wife), Buddy Ebsen, Lorne Greene, Harry Morgan, Patricia Neal, Donald Pleasence, William Shatner (P. Revere), Noah Beery Jr., for starters.
The REBELS: 1775-1781
Philip plays a large role in the Revolution, working closely with Gen.Read more ›
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The first disc is dead on to the book. The second one is far off. The third is close to the book except for the end. All in all a really good DVD. Read the book first.Published 4 months ago by eaterooeo
I remember seeing these movies years ago and still enjoy them. I just wish the entire series could have been made into movies.Published 5 months ago by My 2 Cents